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Food Funders Meeting - Reality Bites: Hunger on the Rise in Philadelphia and What We Can Do About It

Food Insecurity Data Philadelphia - Nov 13, 2019 Food Funders Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm EST
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Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
2100 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Over the last six years, hunger and food insecurity in Philadelphia has risen 22 percent in contrast to a decrease across the region and the nation. (Philadelphia Hunger Report 2018, Hunger Free America, Nov. 2018)

Philanthropy Network's Food Funders Affinity Group is dismayed by this statistic and in response is sponsoring a series of meetings to discuss what we can collectively do to reverse this trend. The first meeting will be held on November 13th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, to review the data on food insecurity and poverty, consider the root and contributing factors, review current funding strategies, and identify gaps.

The second meeting (date TBD) will be planned to hear from the organizations and community members working to improve food security and determine how we can all work together to truly improve food security in Philadelphia.

Email Marie Clark at  to add your name to the mailing list for future meetings and cmmunications.


  1. NEW Urban Institute Data: Disrupting Food Insecurity: Tapping data for strategies that tackle the root causesDive into Philadelphia County’s food insecurity data and explore strategies and solutions tailored to the county. (October 22, 2019)
  2. Report: Hunger in Philadelphia increases 22 percentThe Philadelphia Inquirer
  3. Greater Philadelphia Hunger Report 2018: Philadelphia Falling Beyond in Freedom to Eat - Hunger Free America
  4. Greater Philadelphia ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project Report United Way
  5. Setting the Table: BLUEPRINT FOR A HUNGER-FREE PA - Governor Tom Wolf's Food Security Partnership
  6.  - Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (November 5, 2019)
  7. It would cost $160 million a year to end hunger in Philly, new report says - Broke in
  8. Philadelphia 2019: State of the City - The Pew Charitable Trusts
  9. Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Are Associated with Food Insecurity and Poor Health - International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2019
  10. Report: Hunger and discrimination go hand in hand | Opinion - The Philadelphia Inquirer
  11. Philly is asking neighborhoods how it can lift 100k people out of poverty -
  12. Reframing Hunger in America - Frameworks Institute - "This message brief summarizes research into how Americans think about hunger, how the field frames it, and how to reframe it to build public support for food assistance programs and other systemic solutions."

River quote that was shared at the November 13, 2019 meeting:

"One day, I read this quote that said, “You can only pull people out of the river for so long until you have to look upriver to find out who’s pushing them in.” So that is when I added “activist” to my résumé.

Philanthropy is one thing, and pulling people out of the water is one thing, but at some point we have to ask ourselves, what are the institutions and powers that are causing all of these children to not be able to have their heat turned on? What are the institutions that are causing all of these dads to be pulled out to jail for the most minor infractions? What are the institutions and powers-that-be that are causing so many freaking people to be addicted to opioids?

We have to go upriver. We’re going to do and/both, all the time. I just want to spend the rest of my life pulling people out of the river and also creating living hell for the people that are pushing them in."

- Glennon Doyle, Writer/Philanthropist (quote was from Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach interview — Un-becoming (On Being with Krista Tippett))